Nationals' Tuesday Night Lineup: Ryan Zimmerman Bats Second vs Braves

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Davey Johnson is mixing things up again with another new-look lineup tonight for the second game of three with the Atlanta Braves in D.C. Ryan Zimmerman batting second? Just go with it. Game time 7:05 pm EDT tonight in the nation's capital...

Jayson Werth was a late scratch from last night's game, but he was available to pinch hit near the end of the Nationals' loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Asked about his ailing outfielder after the game, Washington's skipper Davey Johnson told reporters that Werth had done some work throughout the evening and declared himself available. "He got a lot of treatment during the game," Johnson said, "and then he was swinging down in the cage. He said he was fine for a pinch hit. I was going to have to run for him, but other than that."

"So you don't know if he'll be available for tomorrow?" a reporter asked.

"I don't know about tomorrow," the manager said.

Werth is back in the lineup, but that isn't the most interesting development heading into the second game of three with the NL East's first-place Braves. When the Nationals announced tonight's lineup, Johnson had Ryan Zimmerman batting second for just the third time in the 28-year-old, nine-year veteran's MLB career. Zim's hit third, fourth and sixth this season. The Nats' '05 1st Round pick has one plate appearance hitting second in 2009 and one in 2011, but this is reportedly his first start in the two-hole. Werth takes over the three-hole tonight:

Zimmerman has a .281/.326/.372 line since July 1st and a .275/.347/.436 line on the season with 19 doubles and 12 HRs in 98 games and 412 plate appearances. Wilson Ramos, who was the Nats' cleanup hitter last night, drops down to sixth, Deanrd Span's seventh, Anthony Rendon eighth, it's like Davey Johnson's just throwing things at the wall to see what sticks or something...

Another note from the manager's pregame press conference? Tanner Roark, who was called up today, could potentially fill in for Taylor Jordan when Jordan reaches his innings limit in the first full-year back following Tommy John surgery:

Game Time 7:05 pm EDT tonight in D.C. Gio Gonzalez vs Julio Teheran.

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